Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Cepheus Engine

The Cepheus Engine is sort of like a retro-clone of the Traveller RPG. But not really.

What the Cepheus Engine actually is is a cleaned up version of the Mongoose Publishing version of Traveller 1st edition, which Mongoose had made available in SRD. Which we all know by now means 3rd party publishers could create compatible products using those rules.

Then Mongoose Publishing published Mongoose Traveller 2nd edition, discontinuing or changing the open license for 3rd party publishers. This made many publishers unhappy with Mongoose.

In response, either in frustration of the changed compatibility policies or with love for the system (or perhaps both), in July 2016 the Cepheus Engine rose up out of Samardan Press from Jason "Flynn" Kemp! The Cepheus Engine, which is the Traveller SRD, minus the Traveller setting.

Now, early into 2017, the system is hot! It appears almost all of the 3rd party publishers left behind with the 2nd edition Traveller rules are moving their aim to Cepheus Engine.

John Watts of Gypsy Knights Games shared this on G+...
Gypsy Knights Games has moved our entire Clement Sector line over to it and we've got lots of products in the pipeline as well as all of our existing material.
Zozer (Orbital, Star Trader) has moved their material over to it and are planning more.
Stellagama is working on a new setting as well as moving their existing material over.
Moontoad is working on materials for Cepheus Engine.
On top of that, there are other former Mongoose third party publishers who have migrated over to it. Indeed, I'd say 90% of them have done so. All of them are in the process of producing new material.
Add to that all of the new folks who are coming along to add their material. I know that Evyn is working on some new material. Michael Brown is producing all of his short adventures. There are more.
And, of course, Samardan is working on adding more to the line. The vehicles book is in process right now.
So The Cepheus Engine is here to stay and, frankly, I think it is the best thing going by far.
John Watts also sent me to a sizable catalog of products already published at DriveThruRPG.

This is exciting!

It is interesting how I kind of struggled to be enthusiastic about Traveller 2nd edition, where enthusiasm for Cepheus Engine is far more genuine and feels right.

It is a little similar to what SciFi20 is to Traveller20.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Doctors Sourcebooks

Almost four years later, I have completed the series and it feels pretty good. Cubicle 7 did a wonderful job creating each book with a great deal of love and care. Proud to have these on my shelf.

Here's the post that started it!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Kandyse McClure should play Ahsoka Tano

I know Kandyse McClure best as Anastasia Dualla on Battlestar Galactica. I've seen her in many other things and she's a great actor. It's her physical beauty and features that naturally resemble Ahsoka Tano's beauty that makes me think she'd be a natural casting choice.

Also, these artist renditions of Ahsoka- if she were a human, look a lot like Kandyse!


Or we could cast Meevers Desu!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Are You An Angel? Diathim

The Diathim, also referred to as Angels, were a mysterious species of winged sentients who inhabited the planet Iego and Millius Prime, the largest of its manymoons. The Diathim were reputed for their beauty, and the way in which they appeared would vary depending on the beholder. They shared their habitat with the Maelibi, who lived below the ground. When the young Anakin Skywalker first met his future wife Padmé Amidala, he compared her natural beauty to that of the Diathim.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sky Wars: Edge of the Kingdom beta

The Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars roleplaying game is an absolute gem. Its no secret to the RPG industry and to anyone who has ever seen this blog. They've handled the enormous license with respect and professional care. The only problem with the game is that the system mechanics are so slick that its a bit of a shame that they're only available for the Star Wars RPG. As amazing as it is, there are those who would love to port it out of the setting and use it for everything else as well!

There are several forum threads that talk about that very idea. Some of them are direct conversions to other settings. Other discussions are along the lines of recreating the system for more generic uses.

This blog post is about one of those projects that has come along so well that it's in its Beta phase.

Sky Wars: Edge of the Kingdom roleplaying game.

Here is the description and links from their site:

Explore Osfilia, a loose collection of realms still working to recover more than thirty years after the devastation caused by the Sky Wars. Players may choose from eight races, able to become powerful mages, devout paladins, shapeshifting druids or follow any combination of eighteen different career paths.

Using the rules from any of FFG’s Star Wars core rulebooks (Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, Force & Destiny), GMs and players will be able to create new adventures in what we hope will be an exciting fantasy sandbox.

Sky Wars: Edge of the Kingdom features:
  • New and updated rules to convert Sci-Fi to Fantasy
  • 8 Races, including Gnomes, Half Orcs, Dark Elves and Golems
  • Pages and pages of gorgeous artwork, donated by over 45 artists from Deviantart.com
  • 19 Career trees including Monks, Dragoons, Warlocks, Diplomats and more
  • Brand new ability and spell trees granting fantastic powers and magic to each career
  • Fantasy-based gear including weapons, armor and equipment
  • Sky Wars-era mounts and airships
  • Complete templates for NPCs and Adversaries

PDF of the book
PDF of the character sheet

Sky Wars: Edge of the Kingdom is created by a company called Redshirt Down. The main guys behind this project are Rob Walker, Adam Bourret, and Matt Van Engelen. They were able to gain the support of several artists who contributed top notch work to this project and it is the art that makes all of this hard work feel so amazing and almost official. Check out these examples...

He's too dangerous to be left alive

Sunday, December 18, 2016


The following are a series of pictures created by the artist called TheMichaelMacRae. This character appears in a good portion of his work. I'm unaware of any continuity or story, these images are arranged in an order that seems to make some sense. Enjoy.

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